Goldblooded

A transient with gold in his blood accidentally unleashes his secret while experimenting with extraction methods and everyone wants a piece.

Director’s Statement

Tom Botchii: Goldblooded is really a study about greed. We’re always fighting over something – If it’s not money, it’s oil, if it’s not oil, it’s water – well, why not blood? When Sam approached me with the idea it really lined up with the type of intensity I wanted to bring into a story. It’s a thriller, with some nods to the dark film noir realm. The main center piece being; if we knew we have discovered the ultimate goldmine, what would we do to protect it? And for that matter, what would others do to take it? This short is our proof of concept for a feature that expands this idea into a much larger platform. It’s also another way to make something aesthetically pleasing, that’s not meant to be.

Sam Koze: The idea for Goldblooded originated from an odd news story about a professor asking people from across the country to send him their finger and toenail clipping because they contained trace amounts of gold so he could run experiments on the feasibility of extracting it. This lead me to research gold in the humans and I found that it comprises 0.000000003% of our bodies with most of it concentrated around the heart and trace elements are found in the bloodstream. This story explores the rare occurrence of blood with an extreme concentration. As I wrote the story, it came to orbit the idea that greed hides near the heart and the endless filling of the “more” void. Later I noticed similarities with the Aesop fable, “Goose that laid the golden egg” and drew some inspiration and flavors from it. So this short is sort of all that rolled up and dragged through the gutter.